Now I'm angry

  Kevscar1 17:27 12 Nov 09
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Had carpal tunnel op onright habd 26 th June. had stayed badly swollen. After 4 weeks surgeon had x-ray done said could see nothing wrong. Kept saying had seen nothing like it. After 8 weeks sent me to hand therapy at the Hospital. When I walked in they said thats RSD. Had me going in everyday and they got a lot of swelling down but it was extremely painful. Started working on the fingers. For the last 6 weeks been saying swelling not going down and all they have said is it takes time. Also pointed out that little finger is turning right the way in across the palm when making a fist instead of coming straight down like the other hand and is extremely painful. They said that that was normal.
Finally last night began feeling it myself and it felt like the bone was pushing up and outwards.
Spoke to head therapist this morning she insisted it could be the bobe even though I suggested that somehow it had been dislocated during the surgery. Told me it was not possible.
Went and saw my doctor he said it felt like bone and sent me to AE Triage Nurse said it feltt like bone. X-ray done Doctor says somehow during surgery broke the bone that run down my hand to the little finger but it was n ow healed.
They are trying to get me in to see their surgeon next Tuesday but say it may be to late and I may be left with a deformed hand and fingers and constantly in pain.
I may not be able to go back to my old job, don't even now if it will be safe to drive again yet.

Sorry to post this just need to get it out as I feel so angry at the moment and need a release.

  Forum Editor 17:37 12 Nov 09

to something as distressing as this, so no need for apologies.

There'll be a lot of sympathy for you over this, I'm sure other regular forum members will recall the thread you posted immediately after the operation.

Apart from that, there's not much we can offer, but after you've seen the surgeon next week you'll know for certain what the prognosis is, and you can decide what - if anything - you're going to do.

  Brumas 17:50 12 Nov 09

You really have been through the wars old mate and I hope you win this ongoing battle. To cope with the pain must be debilitating enough without the added 'complications' - I wish you well.

  nangadef 18:22 12 Nov 09

Kevscar I feel very sorry for you. I know it's no consolation for you but I think the NHS is like an airline - if something goes wrong it can be a disaster (unfortunately personal bad experience with my father).

It adds salt to the wound when you're told nothing's wrong (my father was told it was all in his mind) when you know there is something wrong.

I still think our NHS is second to none and don't subscribe to the 'third world' knockers.

I hope you're soon out of pain and that you can get the finger 'righted'.

  Al94 22:23 12 Nov 09

If it was me I would be in touch with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence cases and would advise you to make contact as soon as possible. Sadly our NHS is very far from "second to none" - at times bordering on third world. An out of hours GP almost killed my mother early this year by administering a totally inappropriate drug which put her into heart failure and I have had other recent experiences where poor communication led to all sorts of avoidable scenarios and family members wrongly discharged where potentially life threatening symptoms still existed. I wish you well but you need to commence action as a matter of urgency.

  Forum Editor 22:32 12 Nov 09

and I urge you to disregard comments such as "you need to commence action as a matter of urgency."

What you need to do is see that surgeon, and then you'll know what the outlook is. Base all your future decisions on that, and your own judgement - not what is written by total strangers in a web forum. I know that sounds a little harsh, but it's a fact that none of us is in a position to offer that kind of advice - we're unaware of the full facts of the matter.

I imagine the next few days will not exactly be the most relaxing you've ever spent, and I feel for you.

  Forum Editor 22:36 12 Nov 09

"Sadly our NHS is very far from "second to none" - at times bordering on third world."

That's totally untrue, as a quick trip to any third-world country would rapidly demonstrate. Despite your own bad experiences there are millions of people across the world who would give anything to have a Health system that even came close to being as good as the NHS.

  Al94 22:41 12 Nov 09

Nobody is giving legal advice, just recommending that on the basis of his comment "They are trying to get me in to see their surgeon next Tuesday but say it may be to late and I may be left with a deformed hand and fingers and constantly in pain. I may not be able to go back to my old job, don't even now if it will be safe to drive again yet" - It is clearly time that Kevscar got professional legal advice on the way forward without any delay. And btw - yes that was harsh.

  Forum Editor 23:10 12 Nov 09

Please don't persist in saying "It is clearly time that Kevscar got professional legal advice on the way forward without any delay" because it is nothing of the kind.

You are not in possession of the facts.No doub Kevscar is perfectly capable of making his own decisions about what he does - he didn't ask for advice.

  OTT_Buzzard 23:17 12 Nov 09

I'm very sorry to hear about your problems. I hope you get your life back on track. Dealing with the kind of problems you are having is never easy, even when there are no complications.

I'd say good luck, but luck shouldn't really be a factor.

OTT_B

  DrScott 21:50 13 Nov 09

rather like Complex Regional Pain syndrome which can occur pretty much after any operation.

I hope that the Orthopod can reassure you on Tuesday. Please let us know what they say.

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